I found a Maximus with 310 intelligence not too long ago, and then I found a Zunimassa's Marrow a little while ago. Some weeks ago, I found a pretty nice WD helm (int,resAll, crit, socket). It would seem the game wants me to play my WD. I hadn't even finished Hell with my WD, so I slapped those on him (with a star emerald in the weapon) and finished off Hell difficulty, which I had been playing at MP 5.
I then started Inferno at MP 0. I played around with the skills a bit, and then after finishing the SK, I bumped it up to MP 1 and have been using the following build:
I'm going to try out some more skill possibilities. I haven't tried other runes for Spirit Walk, and I'm considering swapping out Fetish Sycophants.
One of the things I like about the build is that it's both long and short ranged as needed. You can run up to enemies, drop a Grasp of the Dead, then a Soul Harvest if you don't currently have it running, and then spam Firebats. Once a few things die, Soul Harvest is off cooldown and can be used a modest heal. Spirit Walk can be used to escape if needed or to position yourself at the center of a big group at the beginning of a fight - once a few things have died, SW is ready to use again.
OTOH, you can let your minions engage first and cast Grasp of the Dead and Firebomb from a distance. You can then engage closely if you want to speed things up. Conversely, if you start a fight up close, but things get too hot for you, hit SW to escape and continue the fight from range. Between you follower, gargantuan, dogs, and fetishes, you usually have at least 6 minions total.
This build really benefits from using a Maximus:
Notice the mod "Fire skills deal 22% more damage." That helps a lot when your two main damage skills are fire based. The summoned demon helps a bit as a meat shield. I'm not sure if the demon's damage output is significant.
As a bonus, you get to look like this:
It's quite a fun build and you don't have to kite much. It's really only against really nasty elite packs that kiting is ever required.
Also, if anyone with more WD experience has any recommendations on improving the skills, I'd be happy to hear them.
Also, here's a link to the gear I'm using: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/profile/m...7/hero/5159802 I have a better shoulder piece (with pickup radius) out on loan. All of the items on this character were found using my barbarian.